Dec 16

Dude! I'm totally going to catch the space dragon....Click for full image

Elfi Comments: Nothing says “serious astronaut” like Steven Tyler in a bubble-helmet.
Published 1982

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Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.31 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Voyage of the Space Beagle”

  1. Phil Says:

    Those space beagles don’t look anything like normal beagles.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Nothing says “serious astronaut” like Steven Tyler in a bubble-helmet.”

    OK, I’ll bite:

    There’s something wrong with the ship today
    I don’t know what it is
    Something alien’s come insiiiide…
    It’s big and mean with tentacles
    If I don’t find it soon
    It’s gonna eat me aliiiive…
    We’re living with the Coeurl!
    [Background chorus: but we thought that it was harmless…]
    We’re living with the Coeurl!
    [Background chorus: Only Nexialism can save us…]

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    That suit’s got a huge oxygen tube. Or did he put on a vacuum cleaner by mistake?

  4. Herm Says:

    I hoped it would be a “Space Beagle” as in Charlie Darwin’s ship, but it doesn’t seem to be. Instead, I find space dragon, which is admittedly my favourite thing. Now I’m confused and don’t know how to react…

    Mainly, I suppose, by wondering why spacemen get to have hip holsters and cowboy boots. That seems an excess of cool things that astronauts get to have.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The helmet design isn’t structurally sound… the helmet seems to go all the way down to his chest (and down his back).

    Why? So he can get a space-tan?

  6. Evad Says:

    That helmet design… He’ll smash his face into it every time he tilts his head even slightly. To look down he has to bend at the waist.

    Probably not any different from actual space suits with regards to having to bend… But the tilt & smash makes me think the soundtrack wouldn’t be Arrowsmith but more Simpson’s “doh’s”, cursing and the crack of broken noses.

  7. Elfi Says:

    Herm: I think the idea of the book actually *is* a futuristic Charles Darwin sort of setup. I haven’t read it yet, mostly because I’ve been busy with actual science at University.

    Regarding the cowboy boots: I’m really worried that Mr. Astronaut’s feet will get cold in those… I’ve never found them to be very insulating! But maybe that gray orb he’s standing on (Now that I look at it, is it a giant hard-boiled egg? O.o) will keep his feet warm.

    That tube is obvy not his OXYGEN supply, I mean, that dragonthing could just nom right through it, right? Could be his lasso. Or his power cord.

    I can’t imagine how he can see out the front of the bubble-helmet with his face so close to it like that. I’m sure he’d fog it up. I can’t even be in the lab with proper goggles without them fogging up – that thing would be just epic worse, I’m sure of it.

  8. NGpm Says:

    Imagine the piano work that dragon could do. He could tickle the ivories like mad with those magic fingers … magic fingers make you feel alright.

    The cowboy boots are a nice feature, they really bring out the color on the holster for his model 1950 — I mean 2950 Blasto-Ray(tm).

    Dragon: “Can I play piano for your band?”
    Tyler: “Dream on!”

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “No, I’m not going to sing ‘Makin’ Love In An Elevator’ for you, alien dude. Now get off my spaceship. Scram. I’ve got a space gun and I’m not afraid to use it.”

  10. Kathleen Says:

    he’s pretty buff though

  11. David H Says:

    You can almost hear it:

    ” Some people call me the space cowboy.
    Yeah! Some call me the gangster of love.
    Some people call me Maurice,
    ‘Cause I speak of the pompatus of love.”

    And the Space Beagle backing him up with cool moves and his “Jazz Hands.”

  12. SI Says:

    “Lets just say, I have my MANY fingers in MANY pies… but not right now. I just ate them.”

  13. Nix Says:

    Hang on, tentacles, yes. But I thought Coeurl of the impossible-to-spell name was supposed to be *black*? I mean, the original story was called _Black Destroyer_ and all. I’m sure van Vogt would have told us if he was bright red and yellow with flippers instead of legs.

  14. anon Says:

    Ok, where’s the space beagle then?

  15. Fred Zimmerman Says:

    pretty true to story. the hero is supposed to look like a superman. missed opportunity to make the ship look like a beagle.

  16. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: Nix’s comment
    Was’nt the monster in “The Dark Destroyer”, Ixil, rather than the Coeurl…?

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The book cover would have been soooo much cooler with Snoopy on it.

  18. GSS noob Says:

    None of you will be surprised to know that this is the SFBC cover as well.

    It’s several of his stories set aboard the Starship Beagle put together, so it has Coeurl and Ixil and some other stuff.

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